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Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness, has said that more emphasis will be placed on the Grade Four Literacy Test rather than Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in order to achieve the Ministry’s goal of attaining 100 per cent literacy by 2015.
In an address at the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Teacher Training (C-CETT) Western Caribbean Awards ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on October 21, Mr. Holness said the Ministry will be using the Grade Four Literacy Test as the benchmark for each child at the primary level.
“The Grade Four Literacy test is the first certification of literacy. The Ministry is therefore intentionally trying to divert attention from GSAT (which) focusses on content and knowledge (while) the Grade Four Literacy Test focusses on ability and competence. We want our children first, to develop the ability and the competence to access knowledge in the curriculum,” he said.
He indicated that the literacy rate needs to increase by seven per cent each year in order to achieve the 100 per cent goal by 2015.
The awards ceremony sought to recognise the achievement of outstanding teachers and principals, who participated in the literacy project conducted by the C-CETT at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.
The project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to foster innovative leadership to strengthen reading instruction and increase reading skills from grade one to three.
The project, implemented some seven years ago, involved 978 teachers, 208 schools, and 10 teacher education institutions in six Caribbean countries, with some 22,053 students benefitting annually.

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